Following five year absence Formula 1 come back to America, and recent reports shows that the event achieve something there, more than 65,000 people attended in the Friday Free Practice, more than 83,000 fans arrive at the track for Saturday qualifying, and the organizers reports more than 100,000 spectators are expected to attend the 1 p.m. race on Sunday.
The other main thing inaugural Austin Grand Prix held on the same weekend as NASCAR’s season-finale, The Sprint Cup Series seized at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Legendary American driver Mario Andretti said would be better for both series if that wasn’t the case.
“You do have a crossover of fans,” Andretti told American-Statesman at Circuit of the Americas.
“I know, personally, some people who are down there and would’ve been here. And maybe even vise versa.”
Mario Andretti won 12 F1 races, along with the 1978 world championship, and also spent time in NASCAR, including a victory at the 1967 Daytona 500.
“In America, NASCAR has taken over in the last 10 or 12 years to some degree, but I think all of that is correcting and leveling off,” he said. Formula One has had eight drivers win races this season, which Andretti said will help boost the sport in the U.S.
“American fans, because of the ovals, they like to see a lot of overtaking, you know, and now we see more action than we’ve seen in many years (in Formula One). It’s catering to a lot of those wants and needs.”
Editorial credit: American-Statesman
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